Milton Friedman On Freedom: Selections From The Collected Works Of Milton Friedman Assembles Friedman’s Essays On Freedom In One volume

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Stanford, CA

STANFORD, CA – The Hoover Institution Press today released Milton Friedman on Freedom: Selections from the Collected Works of Milton Friedman, a collection of fifteen of Friedman’s essays on the subject of freedom. The book, edited by Robert Leeson and Charles G. Palm and featuring a Foreword by John B. Taylor, represents the first and only collection of his writings capturing all his views on freedom. As part of an online collection, The Collected Works of Milton Friedman website features more than 1,500 digital items, including articles, speeches, lectures, television appearances, by and about Milton Friedman.

 “In this book Robert Leeson and Charles Palm have assembled an amazing collection of Milton Friedman’s best works on freedom,” said John B. Taylor. “Milton Friedman deserves to be read in the original generation after generation. I have found that people tend to channel Friedman to support their own views, which sometimes are contrary to his actual views. With so much now readily available, everyone will find it easier to remember and learn from what he actually wrote.”

The essays make the case for freedom. Friedman examines the history of freedom as it was realized or suppressed in government policy, the relationship between economic freedom and political freedom, the role of government in a free society, the factors that make free societies stable or unstable, the underlying justification for freedom, the chief threats to freedom, and the prospects for freedom. Collectively, Milton Friedman on Freedom offers a complete picture of his thinking about the value that formed the moral foundation of his intellectual life.

“At a moment when free societies and their defenders are under growing ideological assault, Milton Friedman’s incisive essays powerfully remind us of what it means to be free—and why it matters,” writes historian, author, and senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal George H. Nash. “This is a luminous, timely, and necessary book.”

For more information on Milton Friedman on Freedom: Selections from the Collected Works of Milton Friedman, visit In addition to Milton Friedman on Freedom, Leeson and Palm have compiled and edited The Collected Works of Milton Friedman, consisting of all of Friedman's published scientific and public policy writings. The Collected Works are now available on: For more information on the Hoover Institution, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Scribd (keyword: Hoover Institution).

Robert Leeson is a noted historian of economic thought.  He has written or edited more than twenty books on leading economists, including Milton Friedman, A. W. H. Phillips, and Friedrich Hayek.

Charles G. Palm is the deputy director emeritus of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. As Hoover’s chief archivist, he acquired the archives of Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Karl Popper, William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others.

John B. Taylor is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, and the director of Stanford's Introductory Economics Center.


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